8 Important Fire Safety Tips Families Should Be Aware Of

Date November 16, 2017

Understanding the dangers and how to prevent fire in every household is very important. A lot of people have lost properties and even lives due to fire accidents and this is usually because they overlook the many ways this can be prevented.

Let's take a look at some of the fire safety tips you and your family ought to know.

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1. An escape plan

Because home fires often spread rapidly, the National Safety Council advises families to have an escape plan in case this incident occurs. You should also ensure that each person knows the route to the meeting spot and test your plan once a month.

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2. Your smoke alarms

The National Fire Protection Association stresses that smoke alarms should be installed in every room in the house. A good idea is the interconnected smoke alarms because when one sounds, they all sound which increases the chance of everyone hearing it. These alarms should be tested once a month to ensure they are in good working condition.

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3. Fire extinguishers

Every family member should know how to use a fire extinguisher. This device is used to put out small, contained fire. The word 'PASS' should help family members learn how to use a fire extinguisher: pull the pin, aim low, squeeze the lever slowly and sweep the nozzle from side to side.

4. Fire as a result of cooking equipment

If a grease fire starts, avoid dousing it with water as this may cause the fire to spread. If the fire is contained to a pan, pour some baking soda or salt on it from above (not the side). You can also cover the pan with a metal lid.

5. Take care with candles

You should never leave open flames unattended. Ensure all candles are extinguished before leaving a room. In addition, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything flammable like curtains or blankets

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6. Using space heaters

For space heaters, ensure you check the cord for cracks and that the heater is kept far away from anything that can burn like clothing and curtains. Also, make sure you turn your space heaters off anytime you leave the room.

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7. Stop, drop and roll

If you do, in fact, come in contact with fire and your clothes are engulfed, remember to Stop-Drop-Roll. Stop what you're doing then drop to the ground and cover your face if possible. Roll over and over or back and forth until the flames are extinguished. Then cool your skin with water for five minutes and call for help.

8. If your home is on fire

If there is a fire in your house, leave everything and head out to safety. The Red Cross advises that you yell 'Fire' over and over again as you try and get out as soon as you can, then call for rescue. If you are forced to escape through smoke, make sure you get as low as you can. If you're a stuck, stay put in a room, close the door and put a wet towel underneath the door. Open a window and wave a colored cloth to signal that you need help.

When it comes to fire, prevention is always better. In homes, fires spread quickly so families must not take any chances. They must be vigilant and follow all fire rules to prevent the home from being engulfed in flames.

Source: Familyhandyman